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Meet the Team

Claudia Abate

Executive Director and President of the Board
Claudia Abate, created the Foundation for Post Conflict Development(FPCD) after working at the United Nations (UN) for more than a decade, and realizing that her most fulfilling moments were when she was sent on official business to post conflict countries. In an effort to make a personal impact in assisting the world’s most vulnerable citizens, it was a natural progression for her to create this foundation, inspired primarily by observing the elections in Fiji, and her work in Timor-Leste at the time of the Restoration of independence. With these combined experiences, Ms. Abate saw first- hand democracy in action, and the effects of poverty on citizens of other countries as a consequence of post conflict situations. This inspired her “to want to do more.”
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Faith Bogue

Director
Faith has been involved with the FPCD in various capacities since 2010. She is currently working as the Manager of Collision 8, a Singapore-based coworking space and innovation hub, building on several years of experience in business development and management for both for-profit and non-profit enterprises in the US and Singapore markets. An avid traveler, Faith speaks proficient German and beginner Mandarin.

Christy Grace Provines

Director
Christy has worked in private sector brand marketing, advertising and media for the past 13+ years where she served as lead strategist and director overseeing luxury beauty brands’ marketing efforts for big publishers, including Time, Inc., Condé Nast, Hearst and Viacom. Currently, she serves as a partner at an advertising agency focused on social impact brands – Junction 37. She is also a Co-Founder at The ‘MPOWER Project, an NGO dedicated to combatting violent extremism through messaging and media. Christy has completed her masters degree in international security policy and international conflict resolution with specializations in media and strategic communications from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She serves as the Director of External and Government Relations for The Foundation for Post Conflict Development.

Maya Serkin

Director
Maya holds a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and minors in both Conflict and Security studies and Russian Language and Literature. She has been directly involved in a post-drought public health mission in Mongolia, a community building and citizenship training project for Sudanese refugees in Nashville, and both medical and educational projects in an Internally Displaced Persons’ camp and rural Maasailand in Kenya. She currently works at a financial firm, and is a member of the New York Junior League.

Gabriella Elanbeck

Assistant to the Executive Director
Gabriella Elanbeck is a sophomore at Brown University pursuing concentrations in comparative literature and international relations. Originally from Syosset, New York, Gabriella’s early fascination with foreign languages has since manifested in passions for cross-cultural interaction and global politics. She is particularly interested in issues concerning refugees, female empowerment, and public-private partnerships in development.

United Nations team

Amanda Neishiwat
Main Representative
Amanda Nesheiwat is a fourth year Environmental Science Major at Ramapo College of New Jersey. She is active in her community as the Chairwoman of the Environmental Committee in the town of Secaucus and she also serves as the State Leader for the Energy Action Coalition. She is passionate about building a community of strong leaders. She hopes to get her Masters in Environmental law and policy and to get involved with the United Nations where she feels she can make a difference. She has been an activist for 3 years, and a United Nations Association Member for one year.

Konstantina Yaneva
Konstantina is a student at Columbia University in the city of New York, working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Rights and Political Science. Having lived throughout Europe and the US, she is passionate about humanitarian work involving cross-national partnerships and youth concerns. In the last couple of years, Konstantina has worked on various international development projects, including Monaco, Nepal and Germany.

Co-Coordinators of the International Advisory Board

Andrew Brooks
Alternative Represenative
Andrew has served as a United Nations Representative for the Foundation for Post Conflict Development (FPCD) since January 2012. Andrew earned his bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University where he double-majored in Economics and History and minored in International and Global Studies. After graduation, Andrew spent a year of service as an AmeriCorps Member, and now is a Senior Consultant at Deloitte. In his current role, Andrew provides governance, regulatory, and risk strategy consulting services for Deloitte’s financial services practice, primarily advising investment banking clients on change management and strategic regulatory initiatives. In addition to his role with the FPCD, he is currently serving his community as both Town Treasurer and Justice of the Peace.

Michelle Tafur
Alternative Represenative
Michelle is a Senior Analyst with the global professional services firm, Deloitte LLP; supporting implementation and program development around the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) with the firm’s Anti-Corruption Program. Michelle holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Hartford. She has a well versed background in public policy, the non-profits, and in project management. Highlights to some of her experience include field work conducted in Kenya; collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture to create and provide training on the distribution of a demographic needs-based survey.

Advisors to the Board

Amanda Neishiwat
United Nations Representative
Amanda Nesheiwat is a fourth year Environmental Science Major at Ramapo College of New Jersey. She is active in her community as the Chairwoman of the Environmental Committee in the town of Secaucus and she also serves as the State Leader for the Energy Action Coalition. She is passionate about building a community of strong leaders. She hopes to get her Masters in Environmental law and policy and to get involved with the United Nations where she feels she can make a difference. She has been an activist for 3 years, and a United Nations Association Member for one year.

Ana Baric
Is currently working towards her MSc in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics. She has formerly interned for the US Mission to the United Nations in Geneva as well as the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. She also spent a year working in Sarajevo as a journalist for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. Ana earned her B.A. from Columbia University, during which time she served as a Youth Representative to the United Nations for the FPCD.

Alex Townsend Drake
UK Advisor
Alex is a pragmatic Project Management and Emergency Planning professional with expertise in Complex Political Emergencies and Humanitarian Crises. This is endorsed by a Masters Degree in Conflict, Security and Development that was awarded through the Department of War Studies at Kings College, London. In this respect, Alex had conducted research in a number of fragile environments including Lebanon, Egypt, and Timor-Leste where he has also represented the FPCD on a number of project consultations. As UK Advisor, Alex is the UK representative for the FPCD and is responsible for positioning the foundation in this context whilst advocating for its strategic priorities and seeking opportunities for partnership working.

Alex’s profile can be viewed on LinkedIn at: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/alextownsenddrake
Alex can be contacted via: atownsenddrake@postconflictdev.org

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